West says Iran deceives world on nukes

2011-11-18 21:41

Vienna - The US and its Western allies bluntly accused Iran on Friday of deceiving the world and declared it could no longer dismiss evidence it is working secretly on making nuclear arms.

The unusually tough accusations were bound to raise international tensions over Iran's nuclear program - even though the Western statements emphasised that the preferred solution was through diplomacy.

Statements delivered to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board by the United States, and on behalf of Germany, Britain and France, contained no mention of military action - an option that has not been discounted by either Israel or the US if Tehran refuses to stop activities that can be used for nuclear weapons.

Still, they pulled no punches, drawing heavily on a recent IAEA report based on intelligence from more than 10 nations that concluded that some alleged clandestine activities by the Islamic Republic could not be used for any other purpose than making nuclear arms.

"It is no longer within the bounds of credulity to claim that Iran's nuclear activities are solely peaceful," said Glyn Davies, the chief US delegate to the IAEA, adding: "There is little doubt that Iran... at the very least, wants to position itself for a nuclear weapons capability."

For the three European nations, German chief delegate Ruediger Luedeking said Iranian actions, "... deepened disbelief in the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear programme".

With the November 8 report adding substantial weight to previous alleged evidence of Iranian nuclear weapons research and development, dismissing such suspicions "as false and fabricated - as Iran has done in the past - is neither plausible nor believable", Luedeking added.

Both he and Davies urged delegates to the closed meeting to back a proposed resolution based on the report urging Iran to end more than three years of stonewalling of IAEA attempts to probe the allegations, and to heed UN Security Council demands to stop other activities that could be used to make nuclear arms.

Their comments were made available to reporters.

In opening words to the meeting, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano voiced similar concerns "regarding possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program," saying such work may extend into the present.

He added his agency finds the information leading to such suspicions to be generally credible.

"The information indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device," he said. "It also indicates that, prior to the end of 2003, these activities took place under a structured program, and that some activities may still be ongoing."

The resolution, to be taken up later on Friday, is milder than the West had hoped for - but it has the support of Russia and China, which Iran traditionally counts on to counter Western pressure.

A senior diplomat at the meeting told The Associated Press that Tehran was particularly unhappy with the success of the West's tactical move - watering down the language of the resolution in exchange for support from Moscow and Beijing.

Iran is under four sets of UN Security Council resolutions for refusing to freeze uranium enrichment - which can make both nuclear fuel and fissile weapons material - and tensions have been exacerbated by what the IAEA says is growing evidence of hidden nuclear weapons work.

It denies any interest in such weapons, says it is being targeted unfairly by the US and its allies and that Amano is working for the Americans since he has published his report.

In a letter made available to reporters Friday, chief Iranian delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh accused Amano of security leaks that expose his country's scientists and their families to the threat of assassination by the US and Israel.

Such leaks, said Soltanieh have made Iranian scientists "the targets for assassination by... [the] Israeli regime and United States of America intelligence services".

He said Amano is to blame for any threat "against the lives of my fellow citizens".

- AP
Read more on:    iaea  |  yukiya amano  |  uk  |  china  |  germany  |  us  |  russia  |  france  |  iran  |  nuclear
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
7 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Africa: Land of Billionaires!

Find out who are the richest of the richest in Africa!

 
 

Men24.com

Best bro movies 2014
Every man should be able to do these three things
Goalkeeper saves five penalties with his FACE!
Hottie of the day: Jesselyn

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

24 hour sale – Up to 70% off

Its black Friday, save up to 70% on a wide range of awesome products at kalahari.com. Offers valid while stocks last. T&C’s apply. Shop now!

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Grandiose ideas and plans can trip you up today. Keep things in context and take one step at a time....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.